Happy Halloween, everyone!
Halloween one of the funnest holidays of the year, and we’ve been busy at our home.
This is a Halloween-themed bento my wife made:
A closeup of the “Jack-o-lantern” made with nori seaweed:
A couple weeks ago we visited Craven Farms and got some pumpkins:
Then after carving the pumpkins, we roasted pumpkin seeds thanks to this recipe:
They turned out much better than last year, when I burned them and used butter (not oil). We ate these up very quickly. I remember in college eating too many pumpkins seeds one year, and had very painful…um…”intestinal issues” later. :p I’ve been careful to be more restrained ever since.
Anyhow, we decorated our little cardboard haunted house again this year, though this time we added some of my daughter’s Disney figurines for extra effect:
We play with this figurines all the time. I think my daughter likes all the voices I do for Jafar, Maleficient, Emperor Zurg and so on, so she always wants to play with them. This is their new “base” so they can do bad things against the “good guys”.
Lastly, I am enjoying Roger Zelazny’s classic for Halloween: A Night in the Lonesome October. Zelazny’s genius in writing was his ability to take popular themes in American culture (Dracula, Frakenstein, Jack the Ripper, Lovecraft, etc), but retell them in a way that’s hip, fresh and very creative. This book is divided one chapter per “night” in October. I got off to a late start, but I hope to finish by Halloween night. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this last year and finished it in 48 hours! When I get interested in something, I tend to read very fast. I guess I am kind of an intense person sometimes.1
So, nothing Buddhist or Asian in this blog post. I do have a life outside the blog. But for readers everywhere, have a happy and spooky Halloween!
P.S. I’ve been playing around with the iPhone app, Instagram, so some of the photos are filtered for fun. I am a bad photographer, but I do enjoy experimenting.
1 My wife would just say I am a huge nerd.